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Meaning of SHAK

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1.    The true calamus helps coughs.              --Gerarde.
    
    
    
    4. To change for the better; to remedy.
    
             Cease to lament for what thou canst not help.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    5. To prevent; to hinder; as, the evil approaches, and who
       can help it? --Swift.
    
    6. To forbear; to avoid.
    
             I can not help remarking the resemblance betwixt him
             and our author.                       --Pope.
    
    
    
    7. To wait upon, as the guests at table, by carving and
       passing food.
    
    {To help forward}, to assist in advancing.
    
    {To help off}, to help to go or pass away, as time; to assist
       in removing. --Locke.
    
    {To help on}, to forward; to promote by aid.
    
    {To help out}, to aid, as in delivering from a difficulty, or
       to aid in completing a design or task.
    
             The god of learning and of light Would want a god
             himself to help him out.              --Swift.
    
    {To help over}, to enable to surmount; as, to help one over
       an obstacle.
    
    {To help to}, to supply with; to furnish with; as, to help
       one to soup.
    
    {To help up}, to help (one) to get up; to assist in rising,
       as after a fall, and the like. ``A man is well holp up
       that trusts to you.'' --Shak.
    
    Syn: To aid; assist; succor; relieve; serve; support;
         sustain; befriend.
    
    Usage: To {Help}, {Aid}, {Assist}. These words all agree in
           the idea of affording relief or support to a person
           under difficulties. Help turns attention especially to
           the source of relief. If I fall into a pit, I call for
           help; and he who helps me out does it by an act of his
           own. Aid turns attention to the other side, and
           supposes co["o]peration on the part of him who is
           relieved; as, he aided me in getting out of the pit; I
           got out by the aid of a ladder which he brought.
           Assist has a primary reference to relief afforded by a
           person who ``stands by'' in order to relieve. It
           denotes both help and aid. Thus, we say of a person
           who is weak, I assisted him upstairs, or, he mounted
           the stairs by my assistance. When help is used as a
           noun, it points less distinctively and exclusively to
           the source of relief, or, in other words, agrees more
           closely with aid. Thus we say, I got out of a pit by
           the help of my friend.
    
    
  2.    What was that scream for, I prithee?        --L'Estrange.
    
       Prithee, tell me, Dimple-chin.              --E. C.
                                                   Stedman.
    
    
  3.    The number slain on the rebel's part were some two
       thousand.                                   --Bacon.
    
    5. Considerable in number or quality. ``Bore us some leagues
       to sea.'' --Shak.
    
             On its outer point, some miles away. The lighthouse
             lifts its massive masonry.            --Longfellow.
    
    6. Certain; those of one part or portion; -- in distinct from
       other or others; as, some men believe one thing, and
       others another.
    
             Some [seeds] fell among thorns; . . . but other fell
             into good ground.                     --Matt. xiii.
                                                   7, 8.
    
    7. A part; a portion; -- used pronominally, and followed
       sometimes by of; as, some of our provisions.
    
             Your edicts some reclaim from sins, But most your
             life and blest example wins.          --Dryden.
    
    {All and some}, one and all. See under {All}, adv. [Obs.]
    
    Note: The illiterate in the United States and Scotland often
          use some as an adverb, instead of somewhat, or an
          equivalent expression; as, I am some tired; he is some
          better; it rains some, etc.
    
    {Some . . . some}, one part . . . another part; these . . .
       those; -- used distributively.
    
             Some to the shores do fly, Some to the woods, or
             whither fear advised.                 --Daniel.
    
    Note: Formerly used also of single persons or things: this
          one . . . that one; one . . . another.
    
                Some in his bed, some in the deep sea. --Chaucer.
    
    
  4. Syn: Looker-on; beholder; observer; witness.
    
    
 

 

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